Saturday, June 23, 2012

[Review] Existence by Abbi Glines

by Abbi Glines
Series: Existence Trilogy #1
Published: December 13, 2011
Publisher: WIld Child Publishing
Source: Bought
Format: eBook
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal Romance

What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realize is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is Death and he's about to break all the rules.
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Imagine if you and Death are flirting, would he rather have you dead, or alive? 

Now that was one of the main questions why I’ve decided to read this book. The second one was:

How did she end up flirting with him in the first place? Isn’t he the dude with a creepy all-black coat and a long scary scythe?

But no, according to this novel, Death is really a yummy teenage guy just stuck to do his full time job as the one who escorts souls out of their bodies and later on, a part time rock star named Dank Walker who enrolled in the school where Pagan goes, the girl with a “third eye” whom, at first, just recognizes him as a semi-hot typical lost soul who sings to her with a guitar in hand every night, before she sleeps.  She’s confused with all of his existence, plus there’s another boy that she’s crushing too, and there are other forces that terrifies the soul inside her and the story would get more exciting and more twists and turns would happen, and I couldn’t put it down, and my very first question above would be answered.  I can’t really spill it cause I’d be a total spoiler but all I could ever say is that this is one good read.

There are some books that are just plainly good. This book is one of them. It’s the way the author had crafted the story; the words and lines she used and constructed are just able to captivate the readers, and she could satisfy you with the story itself. This book is not just about “aww that is soooo sweet!” moments, but there is also a hint of reality in it where the girl protagonist thinks of herself as a bit of a wacko for waiting for a soul to show up and serenade her before she drifts off to dreamland. Somehow, those parts made the hairs on my back rose. But as I’ve said, Glines knows her story and she gets what the readers want to read. She sets on a very likeable side for her dark protagonist that could make you swoon. Hurray for the fan girls!

“I get to keep you,” he said, staring at me with an intensity that made me shiver. 
“Keep me?” I asked, reaching up to kiss his chin and trail kisses down his perfect neck. 

The last part was where our protagonists faced a really difficult decision to answer this question: “Would you sacrifice your life for Death?” And its irony was enough to make me fall for it harder. Plus, a very shocking revelation popped out in which it is hinted to be answered in the second book!


About the Author

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. Her debut novel, BREATHE, can be found in digital format at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Existence, a YA paranormal, was released December 13, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. She also released a YA contemporary romance, The Vincent Boys this Fall. She just released her first New Adult contemporary, Because of Low. She is currently editing the second book in the Existence Trilogy, Predestined. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines. She also blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person.
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  1. I really enjoyed this book and the sequel as well. Great story.

    Thanks for the review.

  2. This book sounds so good now! The concept of it sounds so intriguing and that question you had in your review: "Would you sacrifice your life for Death?" makes me want to read it even more! Thanks for the review! :)

  3. I love Abbi Glines! She'd got a wonderful way of making her characters seem so real, and their feelings true:)

    I love that she's doing paranormal:)

    Great review:)

  4. How fun is this! Death a rocker!!!! I love those questions that got you reading this book. For me it was the author's name - and I was so in!!!

    Nice review.


  5. Just finished Because of Low and The Vincent Boys... Absolutely loved the stories and the characters... I'm very intrigued Abbi Glines is also doing paranormal. I'm getting Existence this week!!! Thanks for the review

  6. have not read these yet
    but they sound fun


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